Before I Die

Before I Die

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Before I Die tells the story of a woman with just a few month to live. This sad novel, written by Jenny Downham, contains provoking dialogues and an amazing text that makes you think.


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  • Andrés Álvarez
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The best YA book of 2007 is Before I Die by Jenny Downham. Faced with the reality of dying in a few months, Tessa compiles a list of things she wants to do before she meets her maker. High up on the list is sex. It is an erotic yet thought-provoking story of how one young woman deals with mortality. "
    Elizabeth Watson
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is a great book for young adults that allows them to explore the idea of death in a beautiful way. Although the gloom nature of the subject, the novel as a whole translates to an inspiring story that will bring hope to anyone that picks it up."
  • Carol Sims
    Written on February 21, 2018
    "Before I Die is a sad romance. If you are interested in books like this then you will love this book."
  • Carol Watson
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This books covers all of the things one might want to do in their lifetime, especially once they find out that their life is ending sooner than they thought. While the subject matter is dark, the book covers joy as well. It's an interesting read that will have you intrigued through tears."
  • Julia Salazar
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Knowing your death is near is a truly unique way to walk through the world. Not all of us will have that experience, but for anyone who does, or is the loved one of someone who does, this book is incredibly moving. This is an inspiring read for anyone with a terminal illness, especially cancer patients!"
  • Ismael Calderón
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This was a sad story, and how powerful humans can really be when hard times challenge us. We have to realize that just like this girl did. Great book"
  • Joseph Burton
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This one is a tear jerker and is not for me. But I know who likes these types of books and it is a great buy for my sister Coco. She will love it."
  • Charles Torres
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I was looking for a Young Adult Fiction title for my niece who is getting interested in authors from the UK. This book was a great find because she totally loved it!"
  • Melissa Barnett
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is a really sad book but I enjoyed it. I'll be adding it to my collection and looking for more by this author."
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  • Christina Meyer
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Before I Die is simply tragic. Everyone approaches cancer differently. This book is good but puts too much of a positive spin on what is a realistically horrific thing, Cancer. I would not recommend it as a best book about dealing with cancer. I find the hospice books, written by nurses are much more uplifting. "
    Zachary Lawrence
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "A moving read about how a woman is dealing with the last few months of her life. It could help others in a similar situation to view things from her perspective and find some comfort."
  • Alice Walker
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This young adult novel is full of heavy themes. A girl who is faced with death wants to live and has to do so in the few short months she has left. The writer tells the story beautifully and I teared up quite a few times. The premise isn't new but the story is artfully told while still being raw, emotional, and uplifting."
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